Frequently Asked Questions

Can the Mohawk Hudston River Marathon be used to qualify for the Boston Marathon?

Is there a time limit for the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon and Hannaford Supermarkets Half Marathon?
Yes. There is a six hour time limit. Both races will begin at 8:00AM and the course will close at 2:00PM. Registrants must be capable of completing the full distance within the event time requirement of 6 hours (or approximately a 13:44 minute per mile pace). Participants traveling slower than a 13:44 minute per mile pace will not be guaranteed Aid Station or Medical support once the 6 hour time limit has been reached. Participants still out on the course will be asked to move onto the sidewalk as police and course marshal support will end. Participant chip or net times greater than 6 hours will not be listed in the official results.

Are there any age requirements to enter the race?
Yes. Registrants must be at least 13 years of age (on race day) to register for the Hannaford Supermarkets Half Marathon and at least 16 years of age (on race day) to register for the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon.

Will there be pace teams?
Yes. The Hannaford Supermarkets Pace Team will be available in the marathon to help you achieve a PR, qualify for the Boston Marathon (or other races), finish your first marathon, or just help you enjoy your run.

Are results and awards determined by gun or chip time?
Top awards are determined by gun time as required by USA Track & Field Rule 245. Your net time (chip time) will be posted in the results along with your gun time.

Are there hotels within walking distance of the finish line?
Yes. The Hilton Albany is within walking distance of the finish line as well as the buses to the start lines. A special rate is available at the Hilton Albany for race participants and families. More information about this participant pricing can be found here.

Is there a race expo?
Yes. The expo takes place on Saturday, October 10, 2020 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Albany Capital Center in downtown Albany. Packet pickup will also be held at the expo. Expo exhibitors will include retail vendors, running and health-related organizations, running clubs and other organizations of interest to our participants. Learn more about the expo here.

Will there be race-day packet pickup if I cannot attend the expo?
No. All race packets must be picked up on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at the Albany Capital Center on Saturday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. You may have someone else pick up your packet for you. They must have a copy of your photo ID and a note giving permission for another individual to pick up your packet.

When is the last day I can register for the race?
The last day to register will be October 5, 2020. Both races sell out quickly—be sure to register early so you don't miss out. There will be no waitlist for those who don't register before the races sell out. There will be a last chance to register at the expo—October 10, 2020—if the race is not sold out.

Can I wear headphones?
It is strongly discouraged for runners to use headphones while racing. The course is open and used by other runners, walkers, cyclists and vehicles making it important that each participant be aware of their surroundings.

What drink and nutritional supplement will be available on the course?
Water and Gatorade will be provided at each hydration stop. Additionally, GU will be distributed at two locations on the marathon course.

What if I need to drop out during the race?
Medical volunteers on bikes will monitor the course. A sag vehicle will be available by radio to pick up any participants who cannot finish. If you need to drop out, notify a race medical bicyclist, a water stop captain or a road marshal. They will contact our sag vehicle for transport. It may take up to a half an hour to get picked up. Please remain at the location that was called in for pick up. If you cannot finish due to a medical emergency, inform a race medical bicyclist immediately—they will be able to triage your level of medical need. You can also notify volunteers at the water stops or a road marshal along the course or ask a fellow participant to notify the next water stop of your emergency and 911 will be called for you.

Is there medical help available on the course?
Yes. Medically-trained bikers will patrol the course and will be able to triage any medical needs. There will be EMTs stationed along the course and there is an ambulance following the race. There are amateur radio operators at every water stop who can relay messages to the finish area as well as hydration stop captains. Race medical bicyclists and road marshals have cell phones available to call 911 if a medical emergency occurs on the course.

Are there portable toilets on the course?
Yes. There will be a portable toilet at every hydration stop after mile 4 of the marathon.

What happens if I am stopped due to a train at the rail crossing in Cohoes?
Although railroad officials are notified that our race is taking place, train traffic will not be suspended, and we cannot guarantee that trains will not come through the area on race day. A timing mat will be placed prior to the rail crossing, as well as immediately after. If a train comes through and you are stopped, your time will be adjusted accordingly based off the pair of timing mats.

If a train comes during the race and I am delayed, may I use my time to qualify for the Boston Marathon?
Although we will place a timing mat at the crossing to adjust your time for our race results, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) will not accept these adjusted times. Therefore, when we report your time to the BAA, it will be the amount of time you spent on the course with no adjustments for delay.

Is there a place for me to check extra clothing or baggage?
Yes. Participants of both races can check one bag at their start line which will be transported to the finish area. Bags that must be used for checking will be distributed at the expo and packet pickup. Only these bags can be used. Gym bags or backpacks inside the plastic bag cannot be accepted. Please make sure your bib number, name and contact number are attached with the ziptie provided at packet pickup. A tag for your bag is provided on your race bib. The Mohawk Hudson River Marathon and HMRRC are not responsible for any items lost or damaged. Please do not leave any valuables in your baggage.

Can I run with a stroller, skates, my dog, etc.?

Can I get a refund if I cannot attend the race after registering?
There are no refunds.

If I registered for one race, can I switch to the other?
We try to accomodate all requests to switch races, but due to space limitations this cannot always be guaranteed. See the race switch policy found here for more details.

Can I transfer my bib/registration to another person?
Yes. Please see the bib transfer policy found here for more details.

Can I walk the marathon or half marathon?
Yes. We welcome walkers who can complete the course in six hours or less.

Will the miles be marked?
Yes. There will be distance markers at every mile, as well as 5K, 10K, 15K, 20K, 25K, 30K, 35K, and 40K of the marathon. Additionally, there will be a race clock at the halfway point of the marathon.

Will the roads be closed to traffic?
No. Any portion of the races that take place on roads will not be closed to traffic. Please be cautious of vehicles and other pedestrians/bicycles.

Will the bike paths be closed to public use?
No. All bike paths will be open to the public.

Will my family and friends be able to track my progress?
Yes. Athelete tracking will be available on race day.

How does the free race entry program work?
On your confirmation page, there will be a referral code that you can share with others. If five people use your code to register, your race entry fee will be refunded in the month following the fifth registration. In other words, if the fifth person to use your code signs up in August, your entry fee will be refunded in September.

What if I have a question that isn't answered here?
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